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Taronga Zoo to Manly
Time: 8 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.1 km SW of Manly
Length: 18.9 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 18.9 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Sydney Harbour National Park
Climb: 746 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 746 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a ferry stop near the start and end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This very long day walk has some stunning views, excellent heritage sites, a Zoo and beautiful beaches. What more could you ask for? The many sidetrips and places to stop and enjoy the views, having a coffee at the Bacino Bar or fish and chips on Balmoral Beach, will all make this walk an excellent way to ease into longer distance walking. The walk spends most of its time on the coast, and follows the Spit to Manly walk for the last half. (open in app)


There are closures in Sydney Harbour National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
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Taronga Zoo Wharf
Taronga Zoo Entrance
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Corner Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Cannons picnic area Trk
Int. Bradleys Head Amphitheatre Trk and Borogegal Walking Trail
HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head
Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Taylors Bay Lookout track
Taylors intersection
Bottom of the Iluka and Morella access track
Chowder Head track intersection
Bottom of Morella Rd track
Morella St lookout
Bottom of Sarahs walk steps
Western end of Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens Baths
Chowder Bay Lower Gate
Chowder Bay Wharf
Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk
Int. Gunners' Barracks drive way and Chowder Bay Trk
Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd
Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd
Int. WW1 Hospital and Chowder Bay Trk
Int. Middle Head Rd and Chowder Bay Trk
Int. Balmoral Park car park and Chowder Bay Trk
Balmoral Park car park
Rocky Point Bridge
Int. Wyargine Reserve Trk and Balmoral Beach
Int. Stanton Rd and Wyargine Reserve Trk
Int. Armitage Lane and Hopetoun Ave
Int. Wyargine Reserve Trk and Balmoral Beach
Chinamans Beach Reserve South
Middle of Chinamans Beach
Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North
Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North
Middle Harbour Yacht Club entrance
Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd
Spit Bridge South
Int. Spit Rd and Ellery's Punt Reserve Road
Int. Ellery's Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk
Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
End of Sandy Bay Rd
Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave
Clontarf Marina
Clontarf Reserve (Clonny's)
Monash Cres Track
Board Beach track
Int. Cutler Rd Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps
Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps
Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps
Rest area
Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks
Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Grotto Point Cliffs tracks
Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks
Grotto Point Engravings track
Grotto Point Engravings track
Int of Manly to Spit and Cutler Road tracks
Southern Crater Cove lookout
Bottom of Tania Park track
Crater Cove Lookout
Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Int. Manly Scenic Walk and Reef Beach Trk
Reef Beach platform
Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
Dobroyd Head Sign
Beatty St
Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
North end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Bottom of Beatty St track
Bottom of eastern Wellings Reserve track
End of Gourlay Avenue
Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath
Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts
Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St
End of King avenue
Int of King and Lauderdale avenues
Int. of Lauderdale avenue and Manly Scenic Walk
End of Bolingbroke Parade
Fairlight Beach
Starting point for this hiking track: Taronga Zoo Entrance

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Photo Gallery

 
Sydney CBD from Taronga Zoo
 
Sydney CBD from Taronga Zoo +
 
Track around Bradleys Head
 
Track around Bradleys Head +
 
HMAS Sydney mast
 
HMAS Sydney mast +

 
Track over Chowder Head
 
Track over Chowder Head +
 
Clifton Gardens baths
 
Clifton Gardens baths +
 
Heritage buildings at Chowder bay
 
Heritage buildings at Chowder bay +

 
Sign down to Chowder Bay
 
Sign down to Chowder Bay +
 
Steps between balmoral park and Middle head road
 
Steps between balmoral park and Middle head road +
 
Balmoral beach
 
Balmoral beach +

 
Coastral Track to Chinamans Beach
 
Coastral Track to Chinamans Beach +
 
View out from rocky headland
 
View out from rocky headland +
 
Spit Bridge footpath
 
Spit Bridge footpath +

 
Track around to Sandy Bay
 
Track around to Sandy Bay +
 
Manly Scenic Walk
 
Manly Scenic Walk +
 
Beach at Clontarf
 
Beach at Clontarf +

 
Leaf along track
 
Leaf along track +
 
Manly Scenic Walk
 
Manly Scenic Walk +
 
Track past Grotto Point
 
Track past Grotto Point +

 
A Manly Ferry breaking past the heads
 
A Manly Ferry breaking past the heads +
 
View of Manly from Dobroyd Head
 
View of Manly from Dobroyd Head +
 
Banksia on Dobroyd Head
 
Banksia on Dobroyd Head +

 
Swings facing Manly
 
Swings facing Manly +
 
Manly Scenic Walk
 
Manly Scenic Walk +
 
Manly Scenic Walk
 
Manly Scenic Walk +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Taronga Zoo to Manly bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Taronga Zoo to Manly bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Taronga Zoo to Manly bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Taronga Zoo to Manly bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 19km
Time 8 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
7km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 4.7km has short steep hills and the remaining 2.1km is very steep.

Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 3.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 1.7km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
14km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 3.6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.7km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
17km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience and another 1.7km requires a leader a with moderate level of bushwalking experience. The remaining (450m) requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 17km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.9km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 15km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 4.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip to the end of this walk.

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Catch the bus to Taronga Zoo Wharf
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Taronga Zoo Wharf
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Taronga Zoo Wharf to Taronga Zoo Entrance
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 218 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -5 m
From the wharf, the walk heads uphill along the footpath beside the road to the Taronga Zoo entrance at the pedestrian crossing.

Taronga Zoo Alt = 14 m
Taronga Zoo was founded in 1916, with the vision of imitating the Hamburg Zoo's bar-less exhibits. Since its opening, Taronga Zoo has directed more attention to research, education and conservation efforts to support the animals. Taronga Zoo is open everyday 9am- 5pm. Phone: +61 2 9969 2777 or email: groups@zoo.nsw.gov.au. More info

(0.22 km) Taronga Zoo Entrance to Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 412 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the opposite the zoo entrance, the walk heads down the ramp leaving the road up to the left. The track soon leads to a a lookout with a set of bench seats and good harbour views. The walk continues along the footpath to a wire fence then follows the 'Walking Track' sign along the hillside to climb a few steps and cross a wooden bridge. The track comes to the corner of Athol Hall's grass clearing.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the stairs then continues along the hill for a short time. The walk descends more stairs to a signposted intersection.

(0.63 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk to Athol Hall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 70 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Athol Hall' up the stairs, crossing a large grassy area. The walk then continues up to Athol Hall entrance.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Athol Hall Alt = 33 m
Athol Hall, built in 1908, was once a hotel. Sections of the original building date back to the 1800's. The hall has an excellent vantage point over the harbour with the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city all well within its scope. Athol Hall today is a cafe and function centre with the cafe open Tues-Fri and Sun, 11am -3pm. More info

(0.63 km) Int. Borogegal Walking Trail and Athol Hall Trk to HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 671 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -40 m
Continue straight: From the stairs, this walk heads around the hillside with the harbour below on the right. The walk travels across large sections of boardwalk which undulate slightly as the walk comes up to a trail (which leads to a bench overlooking Sydney Harbour). From the trail, this walk keeps contouring along the hillside, south and tending left, to the intersection, signposted as the way to 'Cannons picnic area'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the car park, keeping the harbour to the right. The walk leads approximately 10m to the intersection with a track (leading down to Bradleys Head Amphitheatre).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath next to the car park for a short distance, until it comes to be above the flag pole, HMAS Sydney Mast.

HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast Alt = 13 m
The HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast was erected in 1934, following the HMAS Sydney's decommissioning in 1928[1]. The mast stands as a sign of respect for 'Australian officers, sailors and ships lost at sea and in combat'[2]. HMAS Sydney itself was a Chatham Class light cruiser which saw action in WW1.
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(1.3 km) HMAS Sydney Mast, Bradleys Head to Int. End of Iluka Rd access and Borogegal Trks
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 1.46 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 83 m Descent = -80 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath, keeping the road to the left, for about 150m to where the road bends sharply left. From this point, this walk heads along boardwalk, on your right, keeping the water glimpses to your right. The board walk soon end and this walk follows the track along the side of the hill for about 600m to come to an intersection with a sign pointing back to 'Bradleys Head'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads into Taylors Gully, with Taylors Bay below on the right. The track continues for approximately 300m, contouring around the hill with views of Taylors Bay on the right. Tending right, this walk enters and exits Taylors Gully, to continue approximately 250m to the signposted intersection at the beginning of the houses, on the left.

(2.77 km) Taylors intersection to Bottom of Morella Rd track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 676 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 59 m Descent = -32 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads along the line of the houses, on the left, for approximately 140m. The track passes a Japanese Submarine information sign on the right as it continues along sections of boardwalk track, to the intersection next to the last house. The walk heads up the stairs below the last house to be met by a large sandstone staircase on the left and a track to the front.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the house and clearing along the fairly flat track keeping the water glimpses to your right. The path soon leads to a clear three-way intersection with a 'Ashton Park' sign pointing back along the track.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Clifton Gardens'[3] sign gently up the hill. The track leads through the bush for a short time to soon come to another three-way intersection, this one marked with a 'Morella Rd' sign[4] (on your left).

(3.44 km) Bottom of Morella Rd track to Morella St lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 168 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -14 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the main track keeping the water glimpses to your right (and the Morella Rd track to your left). The track gently works is way around the hill to come to a sign point back to 'Ashton Park' and a large clearing with good views behind some houses.

Morella St lookout Alt = 29 m
This informally named clearing behind some houses[5] on Morella St provides a great view across the harbour[6]. The fairly large clearing has been maintained and is a good place to stop if wanting to avoid the large groups at Clifton Gardens.

(3.61 km) Morella St lookout to Bottom of Sarahs walk steps
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 75 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -17 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Clifton Gardens' sign[7] downhill along the concrete path, behind the line of houses[8]. The path leads down the hill, following a series of steps[9] past a bench seat to come to a 'T' intersection (with Sarah's Walk, part way down a set of steps)[10][11].

(3.68 km) Bottom of Sarahs walk steps to Clifton Gardens baths
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 251 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -16 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps[12] that soon flatten out as the footpath leads around the headland under a few sandstone overhangs[13]. The walk soon comes to a 'Foreshore Path'[14] sign pointing back along the path at the south-western end of Clifton Gardens.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down onto the beach, towards the wharf in the middle of the beach. The walk passes an Illawarra Flame tree, as it heads approximately 100m along the beach to the start of the wharf.

Clifton Gardens Reserve Alt = 2 m
Clifton Gardens was developed as a picnic spot in the late 1800s, with a local hotelier building a wharf and dance pavilion. In 1909, Sydney Ferries Ltd purchased the estate, and further developed the area, including a large swimming enclosure. The structure burned down in 1956.[15]
Today, Clifton Gardens is touted as 'remnant bushland'[16], offering birdwatching, a netted swimming enclosure, change rooms, a fenced playground[17], and of course, spectacular views over Chowder Bay. A short bush track leads through to Rawson Oval.

(3.94 km) Clifton Gardens Baths to Chowder Bay Lower Gate
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 207 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the wharf, this walk heads towards the playground-end of the beach. The walk leads along the beach, passing the playground and rocky outcrop on the left to tend right onto a boardwalk. The boardwalk takes the walk to the lower gate of Chowder Bay.

Bacino Kiosk Alt = 5 m
The Bacino Kiosk, just next to Clifton Gardens, is a smaller version of the Bacino Bar above at Chowder Bay. This kiosk supplies passers-by with a home-blend coffee and sandwiches, and all at a reasonable price ($5-12). The Kiosk is open from 7am-4pm every day, except Christmas and bad weather. More info

(4.14 km) Chowder Bay Lower Gate to Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 230 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the gate, this walk heads towards the wharf approximately 80m away. The walk soon passes Bacino Kiosk on the left, and continues along the foreshore footpath to the start of the wharf.
Turn left: From the wharf, this walk heads directly away from that wharf, heading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, this walk follows the footpath right, around a flag pole and house on the left. The walk continues past a round-about, to the start of a car park, opposite Bacino Bar.

Chowder Bay Alt = 19 m
Chowder Bay looks over Sydney Harbour, to Vaucluse and Rose Bay. The bay is named after the food of the American whalers stationed at Clifton Gardens, 'clam chowder'. Chowder Bay then became a Submarine Mining Depot in 1889. Today, Chowder Bay still has great views from the remaining military buildings on the hillside. One of the newer buildings houses a cafe, and other buildings stand as monuments to their former use. Chowder Bay offers great views with easy access to Clifton Gardens for a swim.

(4.37 km) Roundabout at end of Chowder Bay Road to Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 18 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the road, this walk heads north away from the harbour to the base of the stone steps on the left hand side of Bacino Bar.

Bacino Cafe Alt = 23 m
The Bacino Bar is in Building No.2 at Chowder Bay, with great views across Sydney Harbour. The bar sells pastas, panini, arancini, tramezzini, stuffed eggplant and biscotti, along with homemade sandwiches and treats. The Bacino Bar prices are reasonable, ranging between $5-12 for the delicacies, and their coffee is made of their own blend. The bar is open every day from 7am- 4pm except for Christmas. A public toilet is available at the Eastern end of the building. More info

(4.39 km) Int. Bacino Bar back deck and Chowder Bay Trk to Int. Gunners' Barracks drive way and Chowder Bay Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 271 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the intersection behind Bacino Bar, the walk heads up the steep stone steps, away from the cafe. The track then tends right, across the hill for a short time climbing the uneven stairs to meet the road and signposted intersection.

(4.66 km) Int. Gunners' Barracks drive way and Chowder Bay Trk to Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 60 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads across the road to head up the bush track on the hill for approximately 50m, to the signposted intersection behind 'Georges Head Lookout'.

(4.72 km) Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd to Georges Head Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 72 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to Georges Head Lookout, down the hill to the circular paved lookout above the fortifications.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Georges Heights Alt = 69 m
Georges Heights is a gun emplacement with a commanding 180degree view over the entrance to the harbour. The old gun emplacements are still in position, with their arcs of fire explained in the signs nearby. The view from this lookout is magnificent.

(4.72 km) Int. Chowder Bay Trk and Georges Heights Rd to Int. WW1 Hospital and Chowder Bay Trk
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 380 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the signs to 'Balmoral Beach' up the hill for a short while. The track opens out to a clearing on the left which has some old structures in it. This is the World War 1 hospital.

WW1 Hospital Alt = 77 m
This military hospital was in use from 1916 to 1923, and could treat up to 420 troops at any one time. Sydney Harbour Trust completed restoration of the buildings mid-2005. These buildings are New South Wales' only surviving military hospital buildings from WW1.

(5.1 km) Int. WW1 Hospital and Chowder Bay Trk to Balmoral Park car park
Track: Hard - footpath
Length = 842 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -78 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up and across the hill, leaving the WW1 hospital behind on the left. The path continues up the hill, passing a sculpture (a bit overgrown on the right), then bending left (passing through a gate that is locked overnight at 6pm) up to Middle Head Rd. The walk crosses the road to the signposted intersection on the other side.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to 'Balmoral Beach' downhill away from the road. The walk heads down many flights of stairs and turns right, through a fence. The track then turns left to continue down more stairs, which lead the walk across a bridge and next to an oval with a signposted intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads toward the sea, keeping the oval to your left. The walk passes '1st Balmoral Sea Scouts' on the right before coming to the car park.

(5.94 km) Balmoral Park car park to Rocky Point Bridge
Walk: Easy - beach
Length = 856 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From Balmoral Park car park, this walk heads onto the beach and follows along it, past the pipe and wharf, then continues up the beach to then head up the stairs onto the bridge, connecting the small rocky island to the promenade above the beach.

Balmoral Beach Alt = 2 m
Balmoral Beach takes its name from the royal castle at Braemar in Scotland. This is a beautiful beach, with a great foreshore walk overlooking the sandy beach. The beach is a popular spot with locals and visitors, for sun baking, swimming and having a picnic. Balmoral Beach has very little surf, with a sheltered, easterly aspect. There is also a shark-net swimming area, toilets, shops, cafes and plenty of beach to share on a sunny day.

(6.8 km) Rocky Point Bridge to Int. Wyargine Reserve Trk and Balmoral Beach
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 475 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk heads along the beach to the north, keeping the sea to the right, towards the headland. The walk heads along the beach for approximately 200m, to the intersection just off the beach, past the last beachfront house.

(7.27 km) Int. Wyargine Reserve Trk and Balmoral Beach to Chinamans Beach Reserve South
Alternate Route: Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road,bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 853 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -43 m
Veer left: From the intersection just behind the beach, this walk winds up stairs away from the beach, to a rocky outcrop where the track turns. The walk then continues up the hill to meet the signposted intersection at the end of Stanton Rd.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the road following 'Stanton Rd' then 'Burran Ave' signs, to veer left onto Hopetoun Ave. The walk soon passes Kirk Oswald Ave (off to the left). After a while the road again splits into two levels, opposite the intersection of Armitage Rd.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, following the sign 'Armitage Lane' along the road, and around to the left into Rosherville Rd. The walk continues along the footpath, passing a large boulder and a bench on the right before winding down behind the playground in Rosherville Reserve. The track passes the playground, taking the closest access track to the southern end of Chinamans Beach.
Turn sharp left to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 8.12km 'Chinamans Beach Reserve South'.

(7.27 km) Int. Wyargine Reserve Trk and Balmoral Beach to Chinamans Beach Reserve South
Track: Hard - notrack
Length = 843 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -25 m
Turn right: (This section is only possible at low tide and with calm seas.) From the intersection, this walk heads away from the houses and towards the rockshelf, keeping the bush on the left. The walk keeps the water to the right as it weaves around the rockshelf for approximately 500m, to some boat sheds with rail tracks into the water. From these boat sheds, the walk continues to follow the rocky headland to the beach.

(8.12 km) Chinamans Beach Reserve South to Middle of Chinamans Beach
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 159 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From the end of the beach, this walk heads along the sand, keeping the water to the right, until near the middle of Chinamans Beach. A wood-railed track heads off to the toilet block on the left, marking the intersection.

Chinamans Beach and Reserve Alt = 3 m
Chinamans Beach and Reserve are wonderful places to have a picnic or a swim, with lots of areas to sit in the sun or shade beside the clear water. The beach does not provide any surf with its north-easterly aspect, but is perfect for launching your kayak or boat into the harbour. Chinamans Reserve has some parking, play equipment, toilets and road access by McLean Cres.

(8.28 km) Middle of Chinamans Beach to Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North
Track: Moderate - beach
Length = 66 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the beach with the water to the right. The walk leads to the stairs at the end of the beach.

(8.34 km) Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North to Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd
Alternate Route: Track: Moderate - footpath ( Show detail)
Length = 1.11 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 55 m Descent = -56 m
Turn left: From the base of the stairs (at the northern end of Chinamans Beach), this walk heads up the stairs away from the beach, to the intersection with Cyprian St. The track heads to the right, up Cyprian St, to the intersection with Parriwi Rd. At Parriwi Rd, the walk turns right, around the railing and up the hill. The walk continues along Parriwi Rd for some time, down to the intersection with Spit Rd. The walk continues along Spit Rd, to the driveway entry to Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park.
Veer right to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 9.28km 'Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd'.

(8.34 km) Int. Grecia Lane Trk and Chinamans Beach Reserve North to Middle Harbour Yacht Club entrance
Track: Hard - notrack
Length = 862 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -19 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the rocky shoreline with the water to the right, as it weaves around the houses to a small beach. The walk continues over some sandy sections between the rocks for approximately 700m, to come to a large Sydney Water building, the Spit Syphon. The walk climbs onto the concrete platform of the Spit Syphon to continue along the road, passing 'The Shores' restaurant and a boat ramp. The walk continues past the Middle Harbour Yacht Club building to the main entrance facing the car park.

Spit Syphon Alt = 3 m
The Spit Syphon was built between 1922 and 1925 by the Public Works Department. It was necessary in order to pump sewage from the north without interfering with water transport. The building is styled with Egyptian influences as displayed by its tall, square concrete walls. More info

(9.2 km) Middle Harbour Yacht Club entrance to Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 71 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the entrance of Middle Harbour Yacht Club, this walk heads away from the buildings to the road.

(9.28 km) Int. Middle Harbour Yacht Club car park and Spit Rd to Spit Bridge South
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 284 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along Spit Rd towards the bridge, keeping the shops on your right. The walk heads along the road to where it splits, to go over the bridge, opposite 'Sydney Harbour Kayaks'.

Sydney Harbour Kayaks Alt = 2 m
Sydney Harbour Kayaks, at the southern end of the Spit Bridge, provide sales and rentals of kayaks. One hour in a single plastic kayak costs $20, and a double $40. The enterprise also provides tours of the harbour, catering for individuals through to large groups. For further information and bookings, contact: info@sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au or (02) 99604389 More info

(9.56 km) Spit Bridge South to Int. Spit Rd and Ellery's Punt Reserve Road
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 351 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads over the Spit Bridge, with the road to the left of the footpath. The walk crosses the bridge to where it meets the road down to Ellery's Punt Reserve, first on the right.

Spit Bridge Alt = 0 m
The Spit Bridge was originally built in 1924 to replace the punt service. The current Spit Bridge was built during the 1950's. The bridge is a bascule bridge, as it's middle section can be raised to allow tall ships through. This ability of the bridge does, however, stop traffic on a major arterial road, which has caused the bridge to be the centre of some controversy. The Spit Bridge carries the Spit Rd and the Manly Scenic Walkway.

(9.91 km) Int. Spit Rd and Ellery's Punt Reserve Road to Int. Ellery's Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 43 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill away from the main road for approximately 20m to the intersection below the bridge, on the left.

(9.95 km) Int. Ellery's Punt Rd and Avona Cres Trk to Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 61 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the water. The walk soon comes to Ellery's Punt Reserve car park on the right. This walk continues past this, down the footpath to the signposted intersection.

Ellery's Punt Reserve Alt = 6 m
Ellery's Punt Reserve is a very nice grassed area on the north eastern side of the Spit Bridge. The reserve has road access and parking, and seems to be a popular spot for fishing from the bank. There is also seating and shaded areas.

(10.01 km) Int. Ellery's Punt Reserve Rd and Manly Scenic Walkway to End of Sandy Bay Rd
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 984 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -51 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath, keeping the water on the right of the track as it passes a few information signs. The track soon becomes dirt as it winds around the cove into Fisher Bay. The walk heads down a series of steps and passes over some boardwalk bridges in Fisher Bay, to then climb up the hill on the other side, with a few more steps and staircases along the way. From here, the walk winds around the side of the hill up a few stairs, out to the point (between Fisher and Sandy Bays) where the track becomes a metal grate for a short time. From the point, there are great views over Middle Harbour and across to the Spit Bridge. The track then continues around the cove and into Sandy Bay, where the walk heads down some stairs and then down a wooden ramp to come to the end of Sandy Bay Rd.

(11 km) End of Sandy Bay Rd to Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 44 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the end of Sandy Bay Rd, this walk heads along the road, keeping the water to the right, coming to the signposted intersection with Fairbairn Ave.

(11.04 km) Int. Sandy Bay Rd and Fairbairn Ave to Clontarf Reserve (Clonny's)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 483 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From Sandy Bay, this walk follows Sandy Bay Road along the shoreline, keeping the water on the right. At the other end of the beach, the road comes to a footpath on the left marked with a series of yellow posts. The walk follows the 'Mitchell Walkway' up the stair between the rocks. From the the top of the stairs, the walk follows a small track which passes the houses before leading down another set of stairs and across Sandy Bay Rd at the pedestrian crossing, to the Clontarf Marina.
Turn left: From Clontarf Marina, this walk follows the footpath along Sandy Bay Road, keeping the water on the right. About 100m from the marina, the footpath turns right and heads into 'Clontarf Reserve'. The walk passes the 'Manly Scenic Walkway' signpost and heads over the grass towards the children's play area, then past the public phone to Clonny's Cafe.

Clonny's Alt = 1 m
Clonny's is a neat kiosk and restaurant inside Clontarf Reserve. The kiosk is open 7 days (but may close dependant on weather and demand) and serves ice creams, drinks, chips, hot foods, and coffee. For those seeking something finer the restaurant is open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays serving a 2 course meal for $55. Phone on (02) 9948 2373. More info

Clontarf Reserve Alt = 1 m
Clontarf Reserve is a great picnic area and beach on Sandy Bay Rd, Clontarf. The large park provides great facilities with picnic tables, covered shelters, shaded children's play ground, a kiosk & restaurant, and toilets. The beach in the park has a netted swimming area. The park also has tap water, a public phone, showers and garbage/recycling facilities. There are plenty of shade trees in the park. There is a fee for parking in and around the reserve and the park is well managed by Manly Council. More info

(11.53 km) Clontarf Reserve (Clonny's) to Monash Cres Track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 496 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -1 m
Veer right: From the front of Clonney's cafe, the walk heads towards the water, then turns left to head though the park. Passing the toilets and picnic shelters (on the left), the walk then comes to the end of the driveway passing through the park. From the end of the driveway, the walk heads onto the sand, turning left and following the beach in front of the houses until coming to the intersection with the 'Monash Cres' track, near the far end of the beach. (At high tide, the track detours to avoid the beach by heading along Monash Crescent, following the blue 'MSW high tide access' signs).

(12.02 km) Monash Cres Track to Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 680 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 49 m Descent = -31 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk keeps the water to the right as it heads towards the rocky end of the beach. The walk then follows the 'Castle Rock' sign up the stairs and around the hill for some time, going up and down steps before turning right down some stone cut steps to a signposted intersection, above the tiny Board Beach.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' sign (keeping the water to the right) as it passes up the stairs between the rocks. The track soon comes to a signposted intersection, with the 'Access to Cutler & Amiens Rd' off to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' sign as it heads up the slight hill and across the rock shelf, keeping the water on the right. The walk then steps off the rockshelf to continue along the hillside, undulating steeply in parts. The track is board-walked in many places, with a few access points to the water along the way. The walk crosses a bridge before continuing left around the hill to a well signposted intersection.

(12.7 km) Int of Manly to Spit track and Ogilvy Road steps to Int of Manly to Spit track and Castle Rock Beach steps
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 27 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly Scenic Walk' arrow down the concrete steps towards the water, to the signposted intersection of the 'Manly to Spit' and 'Castle Rock' beach tracks.

(12.73 km) Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps to Castle Rock Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 47 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -11 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk leads down the concrete steps to Castle Rock Beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Castle Rock Beach Alt = 9 m
Castle Rock Beach can be found a short walk down from the Manly-to-Spit walking track, near Ogilvy Road. This small, secluded beach is a great spot for those wanting a quieter day at the beach, instead of the more popular and larger beaches in the area.

(12.73 km) Int of Manly to Spit Track and Castle Rock Beach steps to Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 396 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -16 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' arrow up the rock steps. The bush track soon crosses a short boardwalk and continues along the rocky track that follows the side of the hill. Soon, the track turns down the hill and winds down to the bottom and steeply back up via concrete steps. The walk then flattens out and crosses a wooden bridge. From the bridge, the track continues up some rock steps, winding up and along the side of the hill, passing some fenced-off rock platforms and coming to the fenced rest area with a bench seat.
Continue straight: From the rest area, this walk follows the bush track up the rock steps and along the side of the hill, keeping the water to the right. The track continues steadily up to the 4-way signposted intersection.

(13.12 km) Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks to Grotto Point Lighthouse
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 553 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -52 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the Grotto Point Lighthouse arrow along the rocky bush track, winding down a gentle hill, coming into more dense bush as it winds to the intersection of the Grotto Point Lighthouse and the Grotto Point Cliffs tracks.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk winds down the hill, passing an old, blank signpost. The track wanders through dense bush and along the ridge, flattening out for a while until it drops down another hill towards the end of the point, coming to the Grotto Point Lighthouse.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Grotto Point Lighthouse Alt = 3 m
Surrounded by a white picket fence, the small Grotto Point Lighthouse overlooks Middle Head. The light was designed in the early 1900s by the architect Maurice Festu to assist ships entering the harbour. Construction started in 1910, with the lighthouse being commissioned on September 1 1911.

(13.12 km) Int of Grotto Point Lighthouse and Manly to Spit tracks to Grotto Point Engravings track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 109 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' arrow up the bush track and rock steps. The track winds around to the intersection of the Grotto Point Engravings track, found at the small bench seat and the large wooden sleeper.

(13.23 km) Grotto Point Engravings track to Grotto Point Engravings
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 41 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, beside a wooden sleeper, passing an engraving of a kangaroo on the right. The short track soon comes to a large rock platform with the rest of the engravings, and information signs.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

(13.23 km) Grotto Point Engravings track to Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 963 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 50 m Descent = -27 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stone steps, keeping the water below on the right. The track winds to the top of the hill, to the intersection with a track off to the left and a sign pointing back to 'Castle Rock Beach'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows 'Crater Cove Lookout 700m' sign along bush track, keeping the water to the right. The walk crosses several separate sections of boardwalk and rock platforms as it winds through the heath, to come to a large rock platform with great views at the unnamed lookout in southern Crater Cove .
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk follows the bush track along the hillside, keeping the water out to the right. The track continues for a short while until coming to an intersection at the base of some stairs on the left.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track down the short hill towards the ocean, soon coming to the Crater Cove Lookout.
Veer left: From Crater Cove Lookout, this walk heads up onto the boardwalk, away from the fenced lookout. The track follows the cliffs, keeping the water views to the right. As the boardwalk finishes, the walk continues along a bush track which winds through the scrub to the signposted intersection with a track on the left, which points to Arabanoo Lookout.

(14.2 km) Int. Arabanoo Lookout Trk and Manly Scenic Walkway to Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.19 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -88 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' sign down the hill. The track winds slightly as it heads down the spur, with low heath and views of Manly most of the way down, coming to a clear rock shelf. The walk then continues with thick green heath on the right and less dense heath on the left, before coming to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly via Reef Beach' sign down the hill to a fenced lookout. From the lookout, the track heads further along the hillside to wind down past some more views. The track soon passes by a large rock shelf, as it comes close to the water and then comes to a boardwalk with bench seat behind Reef Beach.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the water on the right. The track soon passes a toilet block on the left and then flattens out before coming to the signposted intersection with the high-tide alternate route on the left.

(15.39 km) Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway to South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Alternate Route: Track: Hard - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 561 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -32 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the sign for 'Alternate route to Manly during Hightides', heading up the alternate rock and wooden steps. The walk passes an interesting sandstone feature on the left before leading up to a flat section of track. The walk soon comes to a sign posted intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track down and across the wooden boardwalk, then up to Beatty St.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along Beatty St away from the bushland. The walk passes Geddes St on the left to continue to houses number 28 and 30 Beatty St. The walk turns right to head down the laneway between these two houses to an intersection beside the beach.
Turn left to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 15.62km 'South end of Forty Baskets Reserve'.

(15.39 km) Int. Alternate High Tide Route and Manly Scenic Walkway to South end of Forty Baskets Reserve
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 236 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: (This section of track may not be passable at higher tides, alternate route provides drier option). From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly via Forty Baskets Beach' sign along the well-defined track, keeping the water on the right. Soon the walk heads down a series of stone steps, passing some National Park signs onto the rock beach. From here, the walk follows the beach/rocks till coming to an intersection with a narrow laneway on the left, just past the start of the hardened footpath.

Forty Baskets Reserve Alt = 5 m
Forty Baskets Reserve is a beach side parkland and swimming area, east of Beatty St, Balgowlah Heights. The yellow sand beach faces east, towards Manly and North Head, and is fairly well protected from large waves. The reserve has picnic tables, a bubbler (drinking fountain), tap, swings, netted swimming area, open grassy area, some shady trees, and a large toilet/shower and change area. The toilet has a fancy electronic and self-cleaning system, very cool (sounds silly, but check it out). The toilets and showers are accessible to people in wheelchairs, and a wide sealed footpath provides roll-in access from the end of Gourlay Ave.

(15.62 km) South end of Forty Baskets Reserve to End of Gourlay Avenue
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 446 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -21 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath across Forty Baskets Reserve (keeping the water on the right). The footpath heads behind the beach, the ocean pool, the picnic tables, water fountain and swings, then heads up the small incline to where the track meets the toilet block at the northern end of the reserve.
Continue straight: From the toilet block, the walk follows the footpath up the gentle hill, keeping the water on the right. The footpath soon comes the intersection with a set of stairs, uphill to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath up the gentle hill, keeping the water to the right. The path soon comes to another intersection with a set of stone and dirt stairs (uphill to the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath, keeping the water below on the right. Soon, the walk passes around a blue metal gate then continues on to the hairpin bend at the end of Gourlay Ave, just above a small marina.

(16.07 km) End of Gourlay Avenue to Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 245 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -4 m
Veer left: From the gate, this walk heads up Gourlay Ave along the road. The road soon starts to flatten out and passes a car park on the left. The walk then follows the road around the left-hand bend to come to the intersection with a track heading between the houses on the right, signposted with an arrow pointing to 'North Harbour Reserve 0.5km'.

(16.31 km) Int of Gourlay Avenue and Clarence Street footpath to Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 102 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -2 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' arrow down the hill and across the bridge (and a wonderful waterfall after rain). On the other side, the footpath leads up to Clarence St.

(16.42 km) Int of Clarence and North Harbour Sts to Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 119 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Manly' sign down along North Harbour St. The road then comes to the top of a set of stairs (heading down to North Harbour Reserve) at the intersection of Beach Ln (unsignposted).

North Harbour Reserve Alt = 4 m
North Harbour Reserve is a large open parkland on the intersection of Lower Beach and Condamine Streets. The park has shaded play equipment for children, free Electric BBQ's, tap water, picnic tables, Garbage/recycling bins, some shady trees, and a public toilet (at the top end of the park). The park looks across the top of North Harbour and provides some great views. The 'Shop at the Park' provides cafe food and lunch.

(16.54 km) Int of Beach Ln and North Harbour St to End of King Avenue
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 226 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -5 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows 'MSW to Manly' down the stairs, towards the water. Once at the edge of the water, the walk turns left and follows the footpath along the waters edge, around North Harbour reserve. At the other end of the park, the walk follows the footpath up the stairs to the end of King Avenue (aka Boyle St at this point).

(16.76 km) End of King avenue to Int. of Lauderdale avenue and Manly Scenic Walk
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road,footpath
Length = 280 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows King Road, as it bends to the right, then left up the gentle hill, reaching a 'T' intersection with Lauderdale avenue.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the footpath along Lauderdale Avenue, down the hill past the bus stop sign. After a couple of houses the footpath comes to a clearing on the right, with views of the water and a signposted intersection with the sealed 'Manly Scenic Walk' footpath.

(17.04 km) Int. of Lauderdale avenue and Manly Scenic Walk to Manly Wharf
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 1.88 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -66 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads down the hill following the 'Manly' sign along the concrete footpath. With the water on the right, the track winds around the back of some apartment buildings through some open parkland, until the footpath comes to the end of Bolingbroke Parade.
Turn right: From the end of Bolingbroke Parade, this walk follows the concrete footpath, keeping the water to the right. The path winds behind the houses, through the open parkland, following the water. The walk passes picnic chairs and some nice views before coming to Fairlight Beach and ocean bath.
Continue straight: From Fairlight Beach, this walk follows the wide yellow footpath past the pool, keeping the water on the right. The footpath continues behind the houses and past several information signs before emerging onto Commonwealth Parade. Once beside the road, the footpath bends left and heads past Manly Waterworks. Just before West Esplanade, this walk turns right and heads along the footpath, with Manly Cove beach on the right, and soon comes to the ferry wharf.

Catch the ferry from Manly Wharf
Public transport (ferry) available from this Bushwalk Ferrys run in both directions between Circular Quay and Manly approximately every 45 minutes. Please check with the ferry operator for latest info on services --> Timetable
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Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Near by



Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Outdoor Equipment 60 Spring St , Bondi Junction (02) 9389 8122 5.2 km
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 4.1 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 4.1 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 4.3 km
Wildsports Upper Floor 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9264 2095 4.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Taronga Zoo to Manly.
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
18 km (to the NW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 19 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 27 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 31 km (to the WNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 46 km (to the N)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

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Sydney Harbour National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
One of Sydney's most diverse parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is formed from 11 pockets of harbour islands and shoreline. Highlights include coastal walks and swimming, breath-taking viewpoints, tours of colonial buildings and Aboriginal cave art.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Sydney Harbour National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management
Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise at the following selected sites within Sydney Harbour National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Closed areas are:​
  • Middle Head
  • North Head
  • Quarantine Station
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Closed areas: Shark Island upcoming closures
Shark Island in Sydney Harbour will be closed to public access due to essential wharf repairs on the following dates:
16 to 17 September 2015
24 to 27 September 2015.

Other incidents: Sydney Harbour National Park accommodation
Constables, Green Point and Steele Point Cottages are no longer available for accomodation bookings. New options are being considered for the conservation, management and use of these buildings.

Closed areas: Collins Flat Beach unavailable for venue hire
Collins Flat Beach is currently unavailable for venue hire due to the impact of high visitation on the critical habitat found at this location. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Mosman office on (02) 9960 6266 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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Pat - Ms IP:101.164.106.xxx | 2014-10-19 07:34:14
We did this walk recently and had a problem trying to go from Balmoral to Chinamens Beach around the rocks. It was 1.5 hours after low tide and calm seas and we had a difficult time and eventually had to turn back because we couldn't get through. I think the notes should say don't go this way, even at low tide ( too dangeous!).
Also the instructions could be much clearer for the section 'Int. Wyargine Reserve Trk and Balmoral Beach to Chinamens Beach Reserve South'. Its not clear where to turn right as there is no visible sign to Armitage Rd. At the end of para 2 delete "opposite the intersection with Armitage Rd." In para 3 it should say "Turn right at Rosherville Rd when the road again splits. Then the rerst of that para is ok.
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